Garden design for low maintenance
SEE ALSO :Making the perfect fusion gardenAdornments and embellishments are great but should be applied sparingly only where they are necessary. Leave the complications to the plants, which by their very nature as living things are complex, multi-layered and always changing. In the same vein, avoid too much variety in selecting your plant and hardscape materials. Too many different kinds of plants create a maintenance nightmare. Go for a handful of different species of shrubs and ground covers and repeat them in masses and swathes of similar kinds. Such repetition creates a pleasing rhythm, and makes gardens easier to care for.
SEE ALSO :Guide to outdoor furniture optionsEdit the extraneous When it comes to low maintenance landscaping, less is definitely more. You will need to make some hard choices here. Resist the temptation to include all the great things you like but your garden doesn’t need. Take a good look around and edit out all the non-essential stuff that don’t add to the function or beauty of the garden. In the end, each space, plant, artwork, furniture and architectural element should be fully utilised. Down to earth
SEE ALSO :A garden’s healing powerA healthy garden starts from the soil up. Keep your soil healthy with lots of organic fertiliser and sound maintenance practices such as mulching and drip irrigation. Choose your plants and materials wisely, giving special consideration to regional materials and native plants that are better adapted to the local micro-climate and soils. Instead of trying to change your soil to suit certain exotic species of plants, choose plants that would almost naturally grow in your yard with little extra care. -The writer is a landscape architect [email protected]